Hawks apol­o­gize for racially charged com­ments

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

AT­LANTA (AP) — The At­lanta Hawks re­leased an open let­ter of apol­ogy to fans and city of At­lanta on Satur­day, say­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion “did not do the right thing” to cor­rect racially in­flam­ma­tory words and in­nu­en­dos “over a pe­riod of years.”

The apol­ogy, signed by CEO Steve Koonin, was re­leased one day after the team an­nounced gen­eral man­ager Danny Ferry was tak­ing an in­def­i­nite leave of ab­sence fol­low­ing his racially charged com­ments about Luol Deng.

Last Sun­day, co-owner Bruce Leven­son an­nounced he’d sell his con­trol­ling share of the team fol­low­ing the re­lease of his racially in­flam­ma­tory com­ments in an email to Ferry and the team’s other own­ers.

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